This is the story of My hot rod. But this whole thing started before me. Back in the early 1970's things were weird, T buckets were hot, and the Street Rod Nationals was just getting started! Around this same time Bill West was working on a project, a 1/2 scale VW powered model T panel. he had the body, chassis, and drivetrain put together when he got a new copy of Rod&Custom, and lo and behold there was Jim Babb's It-T-Bits Subaru powered mini T. At this point he lost interest in the project and he eventually sold the car unfinished. It went through a couple people before it finally wound up (still unfinished) getting sold to Les Jarvis, who at the time was the was the "Circulation Director" at Street Rodder. Les found Bill, and had him work on finishing the car. this leads us to the first (that i know of) appearance in a Magazine. In the February 1975 issue of Street Rodder, in an Editorial written by Jim Clark, about Les Jarvis' very diverse Stable of hot rods. But then we step back in time a little bit for the second appearance in Street Rodder. In the March 1975 issue Pat Ganahl writes about what it takes to build a set of fenders from scratch. In the beginning of this article you can see the earliest picture of this car, Presumably as Bill sold it, with what I think are MG wire wheels? By the time we get to the end of the article, we see it with the American Racing 12 spoke Magnesium wheels (the same ones that are on it today) looking much more finished. The next Article that I have found is in the November 1975 issue of Street Rodder, which is an article on the Street Rod Nationals #5, hosted in Memphis, TN. This is the first Photo that shows its finished state, and as far as I know, the only time it was shown finished in Street Rodder. In the same Magazine, Pat Ganahl wrote an article about building a seat. and wouldn't you know, its a seat for a certain little panel truck! This brings us to the point were Les Jarvis sold the panel, and it goes off the radar for a couple years. The next time it appears is on the cover of a VW magazine, Cause in case you forgot, this thing IS VW powered. On the Cover and inside of the August 1977 issue of Hot VWs, it makes it first (that i know of) full feature. On a slight side note, if you are a VW guy you might find it interesting that this was Dean Kirsten's first full article with the magazine! Now, I should note, that this article, is full of bad info. The frame was not built by Pete&Jakes, as I was able to get ahold of Jake and he didn't remember building it. (also it was built in 1972, 2 years before P&J's even opened) It also states that the steering box is out of a Mustang, but its out of a fiat. Regardless, it was it's moment of fame. Then It REALLY dropped off the radar. I talked to a guy that remembers it driving around his neighborhood when he was in school, but other than that, Nothing.